Magnolia JROTC Receives Distinguished Unit Award

The Area 10 Manager chooses up to 30 percent of his assigned schools/units based on sustained superior performance as displayed during the Annual Military Inspection, drill meets, field meets, air rifle meets, academic competitions, orienteering meets, community service, school service, college visits, military field trips and other unit participation and host events.

At the beginning of the school year the instructors sit down with the cadet battalion staff members to plan and discuss the events that the unit intends to do over the entire school year. The cadet staff represents the top leaders in the battalion and ensures that all teams are prepared for competitions and service and host events are manned properly and run smoothly. This past school year’s battalion staff included:
• Cadet Commander Johnathan Smith (Battalion Commander)
• Cadet Lieutenant Commander Mack Ferguson (Executive Officer (2nd semester))
• Cadet Lieutenant Commander Joseph Linares (Executive Officer (1st semester))
• Cadet Lieutenant James Kubena (Battalion Adjutant)
• Cadet Lieutenant Hunter Adams (Operations Officer)
• Cadet Lieutenant (jg) Alex Diamont (Administrative Officer)
• Cadet Lieutenant (jg) Joshua Hughes (Administrative Officer (West))
• Cadet Lieutenant (jg) Santiago Aldavera (Supply Officer)
• Cadet Master Chief Cameron Stokes (Command Master Chief)

The cadet most responsible for this unit accolade was the Battalion Commander. The battalion was led by Cadet Commander Johnathan Smith. His leadership, teamwork, determination, steadfast work ethic, and total commitment to excellence was instrumental in the many successes that the battalion realized this school year. Following graduation Cadet Smith will attend Norwich University, a military school in Vermont, where his goal is to earn a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. He will be succeeded as Battalion Commander by Cadet Alyssa Grimes whose dedication to duty and proven leadership skills will serve her well as she takes the helm for this coming school year.

The battalion will receive a certificate signed by Commander Naval Service Training Command, a “Distinguished Unit” flag streamer for the unit guidon and all cadets will receive a ribbon to be displayed proudly on their uniforms.